The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Virginia Gamba, will be visiting Somalia at the end of October 2019.
During her visit, Virginia Gamba will meet representatives of the Federal Government of Somalia, the United Nations, civil society and the international community to discuss the situation of children affected by armed conflict in Somalia, assess progress in the implementation of the Action Plans with the Government to end and prevent the recruitment and use, and killing and maiming, of children, and to help identify measures to better protect children from grave violations.
Together with a senior representative of the Federal Government of Somalia, Virginia Gamba will sign a roadmap to accelerate the implementation of commitments made in the Children and Armed Conflict action plans with the United Nations in 2012. She will also launch the Peace Building Fund project supporting the community-based reintegration of children formerly associated with armed forces and groups.
The mission of the Special Representative is organized in close cooperation with UNSOM and UNICEF.
When: A press conference will be held on 29 October from 16:00-16:30.
Where: AMISOM VIP Conference Centre, Aden Adde International Airport, Mogadishu
Note to editors:
The Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict gathers information and reports on how and where children are affected by armed conflict. Parties who commit grave violations against children in any of the 20 conflict situations on her agenda are added to the annexes of the Secretary-General Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict